2nd Apr 2020 11:04:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Curfew imposed as pre-emptive measure,  MLA pleads for immediate shifting of patient

Bishnu Rana 

TEZU, Apr 2: Arunachal Pradesh recorded its first Covid-19 positive case on Thursday with a 32-year-old non APST man of Medo under Wakro Circle in Lohit district who reportedly attended the congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin West was tested positive.
Even though the report arrived on Thursday, the health department traced the man and placed him under quarantine along with his family members at Parashuram Kund since March 20. His swab sample was sent to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) at Dibrugarh and after being tested positive, he and the other family members were immediately shifted to Zonal Hospital Tezu.
DMO Dr S Chai Pul said that the patient detected positive will be kept at the Covid-19 ward and rest in isolation wards. “Elaborate security arrangement including complete sealing of the hospital has been made to quarantine the patient for 24 days together with 24x7 vigilance and proper medication. Although the other 5 members of the family are currently fit and haven’t shown any symptoms, we are taking all precautions and have also sent their samples to the RMRC for testing,” she said. 
“The district health authority has kept the infected man at a special isolation room at Zonal Hospital Tezu, the district headquarters town and all his family members were kept in quarantine room,” Health Secretary P Prathiban said.
Lohit DC Prince Dhawan called an urgent meeting with the Cultural & Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM), All Mishmi Students’ Union (AMSU), All Mishmi Women’s Welfare Society (AMWWS) and other senior members of the Mishmi society here at DC Conference Hall of the Mini Secretariat. DC appealed the members of these organisations to extend helping hand to the District Administration in maintaining the law and order situation.   
Meanwhile, as a pre-emptive measure to tackle any eventuality in the wake of this development, curfew has been imposed in Lohit district. The 24-hour curfew which has been clamped at Medo area since 12 pm on Thursday would be in force till Friday noon, DC said. “The curfew has been clamped as a precautionary measure against spreading of coronavirus after the person tested positive,” the DC added.

A District Control Room has been set up which is being manned by the DDMO. Simultaneously, all peripheral villages including Khoraliang and Tafragam have been barricaded by the dwellers to check unnecessary movements. The district police are on job to trace all the persons who came in contact with the person, Lohit district SP Wangdi Thungon said.
State Surveillance Officer (Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme) Dr L Jampa informed that six more who, also attended the Markaz congregation, were located in Namsai district and have been found negative.
Meanwhile, another 12 people were traced by the Capital Complex police on Thursday morning. So far, the state government has tracked down 19 people who had been to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month. 
Meanwhile, expressing serious concern over the developing public reaction, local MLA Karikho Kri through a written letter has pleaded the state government and Lohit DC to immediately shift the Covid-19 positive patient from the Zonal Hospital to any other place having better health facilities. The letter specifically points out that Zonal Hospital Tezu has no specialized treatment facilities to deal with Covid-19 positive patients such as essential life-saving drugs needed for this kind of treatment, related essential equipment, expert doctors and proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). In such miserable conditions, treating a Covid-19 patient here will increase threat to the lives of both OPD and indoor patients and their attendant relatives, Kri wrote.
To avoid law and order deterioration in Tezu and Sunpura, early shifting of the patient along with his family members is necessary, the MLA requested the DC.    With PTI inputs

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
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